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Old 01-14-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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The Molesworth Update

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I have just ridden up the Molesworth from Hanmer Spings, generally in very good condition, but dusty. The grader is working about 20k's north of Hanmer, and it is very dusty with plenty of loose gravel, if it rains it will turn to snot. Not a lot of traffic, maybe a dozen vehicles including 2 DOC"s and a bloody motorhome!

Staying in Blenheim, and hope to do a return trip tomorrow, so long as it dosent rain.

PS a big plug for the Bella Vista motel owners, John is a long time motorcyclist, arrive covered in dust, he says been on the Molesworth? yes, check in and have a shower, a knock on the door and there is John with 2 icy cold beers, he says that I might need them to wash down the dust!!
Now that is service

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Old 01-15-2014, 12:14 AM   #2
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Yeah I ended up riding with with him & his son down Porika & braeburn a couple of years ago - good guys. glad to hear your trip is going well.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:22 AM   #3
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Staying in Blenheim, and hope to do a return trip tomorrow, so long as it dosent rain.

..... a knock on the door and there is John with 2 icy cold beers, he says that I might need them to wash down the dust!!
Now that is service

Chris

What a welcome

Took the Taylors Pass into Blenheim?
http://goo.gl/maps/ql5zQ

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Another worthwhile (and sweet) bypass to stay off the main roads is the Redwood Pass
http://goo.gl/maps/vyI77

Wishing you blue skies and a full tank
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:09 AM   #4
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Yeah I ended up riding with with him & his son down Porika & braeburn a couple of years ago - good guys. glad to hear your trip is going well.
I'm in Nelson Friday till Monday for the BMW Rally, would love to catch up and have a beer

Chris

PS John was telling me he knew Burt Munroe, and helped work /advise Burt on his Velocette back in the early 70's. A good man, and happy to promote his business.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:12 AM   #5
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What a welcome

Took the Taylors Pass into Blenheim?
http://goo.gl/maps/ql5zQ


Wishing you blue skies and a full tank

Thank you and yes, I know Taylors pass well.

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Old 01-15-2014, 03:40 AM   #6
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Enjoy

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Old 01-15-2014, 12:42 PM   #7
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Nice! Good to see the Beemer back on the road.

You'd be a bit gutted about missing out on all the nice warm weather back home at the moment though wouldn't ya?

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Old 01-16-2014, 09:27 PM   #8
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Nice! Good to see the Beemer back on the road.

You'd be a bit gutted about missing out on all the nice warm weather back home at the moment though wouldn't ya?

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Nope, happy to be here even if it is cold and windy, I can always turn up the heat on my heated clothing, bit hard to carry A/C on a bike

Update, Ian and I are at the BMW rally in Nelson, and have had a hoot. We came down the Molesworth yesterday and at one stage thought we were going to get rained on, but only got some very light showers. This morning was sunny but bloody windy and cold as we came up the Rainbow, then some more gravel back roads as we headed to Nelson.

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Old 01-16-2014, 11:50 PM   #9
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MOLEsworth; pretty appropiate place for you to be McArgle. BTW its a very temperate 41.7 in Yass now
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #10
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Too Hot for me...might stay in the states for a little while longer and let it cool off some
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:02 AM   #11
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Soon

Hope to do the Molesworth next week, depending on the weather.

Done the upper north, stayed with ClintNZ and Rosie, also with Bass
thanks for giving us spare beds, good company and unpayable advices.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:56 PM   #12
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Hope to do the Molesworth next week, depending on the weather.

Done the upper north, stayed with ClintNZ and Rosie, also with Bass
thanks for giving us spare beds, good company and unpayable advices.
What day?
Good to read you're enjoying the country, although it's pretty hard not too
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:55 PM   #13
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DOC have opened the Lake Sledgemare / servne road for the first time
that links the Molesworth with the Rainbow... Open from 5th Jan to 28th Feb..
I think it's the track/road that was the old mustering trail meany moons ago...
If it's the same one I'm thinking of...

I'm hopeing to go have a nosey on the 1st or 2nd feb..




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Old 01-23-2014, 03:32 AM   #14
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:38 AM   #15
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Please post pics and info.
Have a google and you will find it on the DOC site and also the NZ4WD Association site ;)
Peter is good at linking CMS review submission reminders and the like to the 4WD site too, which are always worth your input.
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